Saturday, 27 February 2016

Film Review - Waltz with Bashir (Ari Folman, 2008)

Fig 1. Waltz with Bashir Poster.

The film follows an Israeli film maker who served as a soldier during the Lebanon War. He has very little memory of his time during the war, as a result asks all of the people who knew him what they remember of him during that time (See Fig 2). Over the course of the film he pieces together his lost memories including one final memory which has bothered him significantly. His key missing memory is of the day of a horrifying massacre that took place in a Palestinian refugee camp.

The animation style of the film is very graphical and similar to the way a graphic novel would be illustrated. As a result it seemed quite bizarre, as the film tackled very serious topics surrounding the Lebanon War, the style would make it seem that these events were otherworldly. The mood created from the sound and loud colours in certain scenes made the entire experience seem completely surreal. It appears as though it is a conscious decision and as such the scenes of the war are extremely compelling and powerful.

Fig 2. Talking with Friend Scene Still.

The film overall moves a fairly slow pace but this makes sense as it is not a story that can be rushed, the pace emphasizes the length of the journey the protagonist goes on to piece his memories back together. It is an effectively told story and without a doubt worth telling.

Illustration List
Folman, A (2008) Figure 1. Waltz with Bashir Poster. (Accessed on 23/02/16)

Folman, A (2008) Figure 2. Talking with Friend Scene Still. (Accessed on 27/02/16)

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